Redwood has worked with Sovereign Centros, the development manager for the proposed regeneration of Leisure World in Southampton, to unveiled its initial outline plans for one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in over two decades. A digital consultation went live on Thursday 28 May, and will run for two weeks until Friday 12 June.

The new proposals will deliver a modern mixed-use complex including a cinema, casino and hotels, in addition to new homes, leisure uses and offices. The plans for the site, which sits within the Mayflower Quarter, will be centred around high-quality public realm, linking a new urban quarter with the wider city and improving connectivity with the historic waterfront. 

The digital consultation, the first of its kind and necessitated by current lock-down measures, will enable Southampton residents and the wider community to view and provide feedback on the proposals from the comfort of their homes. A website will provide an opportunity to review and comment on the new Leisure World plans, with members of Sovereign Centros and its design team also being available to discuss the development in more detail.

The regeneration seeks to create a sustainable and thriving urban community, whilst acting as a catalyst for further growth opportunities within the city of Southampton.

It is important that the public help shape this development proposal before it is submitted as a planning application, which will be considered through the usual planning process.

John Marsh, Director at Sovereign Centros, commented:

“We are delighted to unveil a major regeneration proposal for the city alongside the historic waterfront. Whilst we could not have predicted the circumstances in which we currently find ourselves, our commitment to delivering a new destination for Southampton remains undiminished.

“We look forward to sharing more information about our proposals in the coming weeks as we prepare to engage with local residents, businesses and organisations as part of our digital public consultation.”

Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, said:

“Despite everything, Southampton remains a great place to invest and do business. No one could have predicted the events that have unfolded this year, but the commitment and belief in this city remains strong. This redevelopment opportunity forms part of the recently announced Mayflower Quarter, one of the largest city centre regeneration opportunities in the UK.

“Due to the current lock-down measures, there will be an innovative approach to public consultation using digital channels to ensure that our citizens have their say. I look forward to seeing the responses and urge everyone to give us their feedback on this important development.”

More information on the digital consultation can be found on our project case study.